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Of the most colorful characters to have played for the club during that period The resulting interviews set against the historical backdrop of both the club and the city provide a vivid portrait of life at Liverpool during an era when the club's unparalleled on pitch success often went The Red Kindle hand in hand with a boozy social scene f. Brilliant

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The Red Machine

Raught with rows fights and wind ups Former Liverpool players John Barnes Bruce Grobbelaar Howard Gayle Michael Robinson John Wark Kevin Sheedy Nigel Spackman Steve Staunton David Hodgson and Craig Johnston as well as first team coach Ronnie Moran all candidly recollect their memories of this exciting time in Liverpool Football Club's history. Great readI reckon this book would be a good read for any football fan especially any Liverpool FC fan I began to watch club football less than a decade ago and have spent many hours since reading about and watching footage from historic Liverpool matches to satisfy my curiousity of this special club s history Many books repeat stories which are often available elsewhere This author tries something a little different he takes 10 or so interviews with players and a coach each which contributed in their own way to Liverpool s dominance during the 80s Some like John Barnes are among the greatest to wear the Red shirt others played only a few matches or a season or two with the senior team But each interview deepens ones understanding of the club from the triumphant European Cups and League Titles to the disappointment of losing the League Title to Everton to the tragic Heysel and Hillsborough disasters during its most dominant decade The interviews abound with insight and pathos and humor I only wish there was

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A stellar selection of former Liverpool players including John Barnes Nigel Spackman and Ronnie Moran candidly recollect their memories of the club's eventful s era During the s Liverpool Football Club dominated English soccer winning seven league titles two European Cups two FA Cups and four League Cups Here Simon Hughes interviews some. If you are a Liverpool supporter and want an insight into how the club works then this is the book for youIt provides candid honest accounts from all manner of people who have played all types of roles within the suad from the introvert to the outrageously extravert each character provides a sterling summary of their time at the clubThe real genius of the book for me lies in its pace It doesn t spend too long or too little time with each of its subjects You re not left bored with each character but at the same time you re not left craving Well considered excellently plottedA really easy read that entertains from first to last page


10 thoughts on “The Red Machine

  1. says:

    Red Machine is a meticulously crafted book filled with characters so different individually and yet collectively they formed one of the most formidable football teams ever and maintained that standard throughout a decade before the club became a victim of changing football culture To put it simply it was all because they 'didn't want to lose'

  2. says:

    I must say that this was a very insightful book into the players that made up one of the greatest football teams of the 80's Players that are well known such as John Barnes and Bruce Grobelaar share their memories of being in a very

  3. says:

    If you are a Liverpool supporter and want an insight into how the club works then this is the book for youIt provides candid honest accounts from all manner of people who have played all types of roles within the suad from t

  4. says:

    Good readThe different characters all blend well to make a well rounded book Read two others in this set and all excellent

  5. says:

    Brilliant

  6. says:

    Loved hearing the stories from some of the lesser known liverpool players at the time as well as some well known ones

  7. says:

    Why was the all conuering Liverpool side of the 1980s one of the greatest teams UK football has ever produced? Journalist footie fan and proud Scouser Simon Hughes decided to find out by talking to ten of them plus

  8. says:

    Great readI reckon this book would be a good read for any football fan especially any Liverpool FC fan I began to watch club football less than a decade ago and have spent many hours since reading about and watching footage from historic Liverpool matches to satisfy my curiousity of this special club's history Many books repeat stories whic

  9. says:

    I finished this book somewhat deflated Having idolised the Liverpool players of the 80's the icons who attracted me to become a lifelong supporter it is sad to be disillusioned by hearing that they are indeed human Nevertheless it is interesting to hear about their lives difficulties and personalities They knew how to drink and party Yet they

  10. says:

    Some nice insights especially from those not always at the forefront of the reds 80s domination Four stars for LFC fans Three stars for anyone else

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